About me

I am a freelance writer and journalist based in Florence, Italy. Born and raised in Mississippi, I’ve been calling Italy (another) home for eight (!) years now, and enjoy the strangely complementary missions of sharing the best of my adoptive city and country and debunking the myth of the dolce vita. 

I co-authored the eighth edition of guidebook Time Out: Florence, am currently at work on the ninth, and have written for the Washington Post, Forbes Travel Guide, Culture Trip, and Dream of Italy, among other publications. During a long stint in a deputy editorial role at monthly magazine The Florentine, I launched the three years- and 30 volumes-strong “Rental Diaries” column, the basis for my first book (The Florentine Press, 2020). With a background in Religious Studies (Sewanee: The University of the South) and an M.A. in Italian (Middlebury College), I’m fascinated by the business of humans finding meaning, how and where we look for it, and the humor involved in that pursuit.

Culture, art and literature, fashion, and travel are the beats where my background is strongest. All things Florence are fair game, but I am not a one-trick-Tuscan pony; I treat all subjects, familiar or new, with a spirit of inquiry and generosity. To commission me, please email verymarygray@gmail.com.

Photo credit: @MarcoBadiani